Ohio health insurance
Buckeye State reaches lowest health rank ever
How healthy is living in Ohio? Unfortunately, the state's overall health ranking has been on the decline since 2006, and 2013 marked the lowest ranking ever – #40 – for the state, as tabulated in America's Health Rankings® by the United Health Foundation.
Why Ohio was ranked #40
Why does Ohio continue to slide? Lots of reasons, actually. The state ranks lower compared to most states on 22 of 30 health measurements in the annual analysis. The lowest rankings seem to be the Outcomes category where Ohio is close to the bottom of the pack on measurements of health issues such as diabetes, infant mortality, cardiovascular deaths, cancer deaths and premature death.
Is there good news? To be sure. Violent crime is on a five-year downward trend; physical inactivity is on the decline, and the prevalence of smoking is decreasing.
For more details see the United Health Foundation’s latest findings on Ohio.
Trust for America’s Health is another source for key Ohio health quality findings.
In addition, 2010’s federal health reform, the Affordable Care Act (ACA), included the creation of a prevention fund to provide more than $16 billion over the next 10 years to invest in effective, proven prevention efforts, like childhood obesity prevention and tobacco cessation, and the site has a report on how it impacts Ohio here.
Get local health results
State snapshot too large? Get county-by-county health rankings for Ohio, from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Population Health Institute at the University of Wisconsin.
Does Ohio have
a health insurance high risk pool?
IMPORTANT UPDATE: In 2010, Ohio started offering health care insurance coverage to residents through the federally established temporary high-risk pool program. Learn about eligibility here.
Rapidly becoming obsolete as state health insurance exchanges prepare to open, risk pools were state-sponsored programs that helped people who could afford to buy health insurance, but were not able to get underwritten in the private market because of a pre-existing health condition.
Programs varied significantly from state to state in price, benefits and number of people served. Often insurance companies doing business in the state were required to contribute to the pool to keep it in the black.
In the best cases, they allowed people to be able to switch jobs or become self-employed without the fear of losing their health insurance coverage. Read more about risk pools here.